IA Events

Talk: 'The 2013 Paraguay Elections'

Publication date: May 10, 2013 3:21:24 PM

Start: Jun 4, 2013 5:30:00 PM
End: Jun 4, 2013 7:00:00 PM

Location: UCL-Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PQ


The Colorado Party ruled Paraguay uninterrupted for 61 years until kicked out in 2008 by an opposition coalition built around a former bishop, Fernando Lugo. But on 21 April they returned to power in presidential elections, won by their millionaire candidate Horacio Cartes, at the same time greatly increasing their representation in Congress.

The controversial Cartes had never voted before and only joined the Colorado Party in September 2009. Peter Lambert (Bath) will discuss the background to the elections, including the impeachment of President Lugo and its aftermath under the interim presidency of Federico Franco. Andrew Nickson (Birmingham), who was in Paraguay during the elections, will report on the election results and why Cartes won, as well as development prospects under his administration, which takes office on 15 August.

You are welcome to stay on for the launch of the speakers' latest book, 'The Paraguay Reader', to take place right after this talk, to be followed by a wine reception. Attendance to these events is free of charge, but registration is required. One registration gives you access to both events.